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British Sign Language Level 1

Level 1
This qualification is designed to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language usage. This course is  for learners who are aged 19+.


The course consists of three units which are assessed both internally and externally. BSL 101 - Introduction to BSL Introductory skills providing a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL. BSL 102 - Conversational BSL Skills for simple, predictable conversations or instructions in BSL in relation to activities at home, e.g. using numbers, describing interests and commenting on the weather. BSL 103 - BSL at School, College of Work Skills for simple, predictable conversations or instructions in BSL in relation to activities at Work/School/College, e.g. describing the building, activities carried out, transport used, directions.


There is no writing or note taking. There is lots of practice in groups, private study, including the use of video. Learners are strongly encouraged to make arrangements which will allow them to practice their skills between classes..

Entry Requirements

A genuine willingness and commitment in wanting to learn a new language and culture.

Interview Process

Recruitment is by interview with a qualified member of the team.

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

Those who: • wish to acquire basic language skills to enable simple communication • wish to acquire new language skills as part of a programme of study • wish to progress to more advanced study and/or employment in the future • wish to study for personal development • are parents, family, friends or colleagues of Deaf People.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

British Sign Language Level 1 awarded by Signature

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed at three identified dates during the year to be provided at Induction.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Progression to BSL Level 2

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 2 hours
  • Days: Tuesday
  • Start Time: 6.00 pm
  • End Time: 8.00 pm
  • Duration: 32 weeks
  • Course Fees: £315. The fee quoted is for guidance only and will be confirmed at enrolment. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: English and Maths, Skills for Life
  • Department Manager: Hayley Phare


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: Level 1 British Sign Language
  • Awarding Body: Signature

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